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Newford Notes - Week of 22nd November 2021


Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry reports on the recent slaughter performance of the beef heifers and bullocks an compares the figures from 2015 to date. The weanlings are housed and he has a video on the drafting of the beef bullocks for 2021

Slaughter performance of Beef Heifers

15 beef heifers, 11 of which satisfied the Quality Payment System (QPS) specifications, were slaughtered on the 19th of November

  • The average grade for the 15 heifers was R +  3 -  
  • The average liveweight going up the ramp of the lorry was 588 kg
  • The average carcase weight was 326 kg and their average kill-out percentage was 56 %
  • There was 12R” grades and 3U” grade heifers
  • The average sale price per kg was  €4.48
  • The average sale price was 1,460.27
  • The 15 heifers were on average 20.5  months of age at slaughter
  • Meal feeding started at grass on the 26th of July for nine heifers and those nine heifers were housed on the 28th of October. The other six heifers only received concentrates when they were housed on the 20th of October.
  • The average housing date for the 15 heifers was the 24th of October (25 days before slaughter)
  • The finishing diet was ad lib silage and 6 kg of a high-energy, 12% protein ration
  • The nine heifers which were introduced to concentrates first consumed on average 496 kg each of a 12 % coarse ration over a feeding period of 16 weeks. This includes concentrates fed at grass prior to housing. Total cost of concentrates was €151 per heifer (30.5c per kg or €305/t)
  • The average live weight of those nine heifers was 611 Kg and the kill out was 56 %
  • The other six heifers consumed 157 Kg of ration each before slaughter costing €48 per heifer. Their average live weight at slaughter was 553 Kg with a 55% kill out

The remaining three heifers of the 2020 heifer calf crop are receiving 6 Kg of concentrates along with ad lib silage

  • The average weight of the three heifers was 567 kg on the 17th of November
  • Feeding for the three heifers is split with 3 kg of a high-energy 12% protein content coarse ration offered in the morning and another 3 kg in the evening

Slaughter performance of bullocks

Seven beef bullocks, all of which met QPS spec, were also slaughtered on the 19th of November

  • The average grade for the seven bullocks was R = 3 -
  • The average liveweight going up the ramp of the lorry was 668 kg
  • The average carcase weight was 367 kg and the kill-out percentage was 55 %
  • There was two “R +” grades, three  “R =” grade and two “R -” grading animals
  • The average sale price per kg was  €4.42
  • The average sale price per head was € 1,622
  • The seven bullocks were on average 21 months of age at slaughter
  • Meal feeding started at grass on the 2nd of September for 3 bullocks and the other 4 bullocks received concentrates from when they were housed on 20th of October
  • All bullocks were housed on the 20th of October
  • Three bullocks consumed 366 kg of concentrates each costing €112 per bullock before slaughter. This includes concentrates fed at grass prior to housing ( 11 weeks)  and the other four bullocks consumed 157 Kg of concentrates each costing €48 per bullock during housing only (27 days)
  • The finishing diet was ad lib silage and 6 kg concentrates

 

 

The remaining 22 beef bullocks born in 2020 are receiving 6 kg of concentrates along with ad-lib silage

  • Feeding for the bullocks is split with 3 kg of a high-energy 12% protein content coarse ration offered in the morning and another 3 kg in the evening 
  • All the beef bullocks and heifers have had their tails and backs clipped. This is helping animals to regulate temperature easier with temperatures currently relatively high. It also helps to keep the animals cleaner and helps to avoid hide contamination at slaughter

All animals on the farm have had their backs and tails clipped

The below table outlines a summary of all farm sales to-date in 2021 for Newford Farm

Housing of male weanlings

The male weanlings (see main photo above) were housed on the 18th of November at an average weight of 364 kg

Their average daily gain (ADG) from birth was 1.22 kg liveweight

All weanlings are receiving 2 kg of a high-energy, 18% protein ration and good-quality silage offered ad lib. There are no health issues to report.

All the weanling heifers (41) are still at grass. A decision will be made in the coming days as to when they will be housed. There is still some paddocks with good grass covers to be grazed out and the good weather conditions is allowing this to happen on the farm at the moment.

The male weanlings achieved an ADG from weaning (20th Sept) to housing (59 days) of 0.55 kg per day

Newford Farm latest video

Title:Newford Farm drafts the first of its Beef Bullock’s for 2021”(watch below) 

More information on the Newford Herd can be found here